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    MAY 18, 2006
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Jewelry makers win business competition

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Karen and James Moustafellos crafted the business plan for their manufacturing firm Io with the same care that goes into the fine jewelry their company makes — and it won them the grand prize at The Fox School’s eighth annual Business Innovation Competition.

James Moustafellos is an assistant professor for the architecture program at the Tyler School of Art. He and his wife, Karen, are also the co-principals of Intellectual Property, a Philadelphia-based studio whose focus is architectural design. At right, Karen is wearing a current Io design, called the “Spine” necklace.

This year, the Business Innovation Competition, which is open to Temple students, faculty, staff and alumni, received more science and technology submissions, greater representation from a wide variety of Temple schools, and more faculty and alumni submissions than ever before.

The master of ceremonies was Rob McCord, the managing director and co-founder of PA Early Stage and the chairman of Eastern Technology Council, and the keynote speaker was Dean Adler of Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds. The event was organized by Chris Pavlides, executive director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, and Michelle Eisenberg, the IEI’s associate director.

- Julia Straka

Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

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Winners of Temple’s second annual Library Prize for Undergraduate Research were recognized during a celebratory reception in Paley Library on April 28.

Three students were each awarded $1,000 for their prize-winning entries, selected from 49 projects submitted for consideration this year: Ryan Drummond for “Interstate Station Stop; A Voyage into the American Frontier Myth,” Steven Horowitz for “As Boundaries Fade: The Social Contract in Cyberspace” and Symbol Lai for “Defining Abolitionism: Antislavery Resistance among Philadelphia’s African American Community and Women.” Honorable mentions (and $100 bookstore gift certificates) were given to students Denene Wambach and Victoria White.

“It is exciting to recognize in this tangible way the work of five outstanding undergraduate students,” said Larry Alford, vice provost for libraries. He praised the students’ use of research materials, their writing skills, and their ability to think creatively.

He also noted that “the Library Prize symbolizes an important relationship the library tries to build each day with our students and faculty. Through the prize, we can demonstrate that this active partnership is an important component of successful research.”

The awards were presented by Alford and Peter Jones, acting vice provost for undergraduate studies. On hand to congratulate the winners was 1949 alumnus John H. Livingstone Jr., whose endowment provides the ongoing funding for this award.

More information about the annual prize is available at http://library.temple.edu/prize, where the winning entries will be posted.

- Carol Lang, Temple University Libraries